G-Rex solve SuperMassive puzzle in 2018 Worlds play-in knockout

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G-Rex solve SuperMassive puzzle in 2018 Worlds play-in knockout
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LMS third seed G-Rex overcame the puzzling Turkish representative Bahçeşehir SuperMassive in a hotly-contested 3:1 ordeal in the League of Legends World Championship 2018 play-in knockout round.

Despite facing an uphill battle, SuperMassive put on a fight in all four games, even when fighting from behind. The Turkish squad secured significant early-game leads twice during the series, and they bounced back from an extremely compromised situation once, but G-Rex's patience as their compositions scaled into late game paid dividends, as they exploited SuperMassive's impatience and bloodthirst.

Outside of Games 1 and 4, the series was played between two teams of similar caliber — a testament to SuperMassive's performance level. In fact, SuperMassive reigned supreme in Game 1 as soon as Lee "GBM" Chang-seok's Orianna secured advantages in the mid lane with No "SnowFlower" Hoi-jong's help. The matter snowballed into SuperMassive's usage of the advantage to take over the map and secure neutral objectives, a matter that escalated into devastating team fights, where Berkay "Zeitnot" Aşıkuzun scored a Pentakill, a quadrakill and a triple kill on the way to a 12/0/1 KDA score on Kai'Sa.

Games 2 and 3 were hotly contested, but G-Rex won both of them due to a combination of overzealous chasing and hard tunneling on objectives at the expense of long-term macro play (when excluding the risk of team fights occurring), and to G-Rex's late-game scaling on their carries.

SuperMassive threw a significant Game 2 lead (6k gold at minute 21) as they tunneled on an inhibitor at the 22:20 mark, but recovered long enough until G-Rex's team fighting prowess spiraled out of control as PK's Ornn and Koala's Leona locked targets down for Lee "Stitch" Seung-ju's Kai'Sa to shred.

As for Game 3, G-Rex lost tempo of the game several times, only for SuperMassive to hand it back at minutes 19 (leading to a Mountain Drake), 26 (GBM being caught led to a G-Rex Baron Nashor takedown), and 34 (as a SuperMassive chase ended in G-Rex's advantage, for yet another Baron kill). SuperMassive's base folded before the players did, after they overchased for a kill in the mid lane and left their base exposed for a 4-man Baron enhanced push.

Game 4 was PK's Ornn show, which Rivington Bisland III commented on as "Ornnographic" on the live broadcast. It was not difficult to wonder why, as G-Rex's Nocturne empowered Ornn and Ryze ultimates provided solid engages and stealthy pick potential which would go undetected by wards until it was too late (Nocturne' Paranoia 'darkness' lasting six seconds, long enough for both to take effect). SuperMassive contended, but were ultimately overwhelmed as the lead increased and as their base collapsed, and as they desperately contested G-Rex's Baron Nashor and Dragon takedown attempts — concentrating around choke points, stacking for Ornn's ultimate).

G-Rex's first game in the World Championship main event will take place on Oct. 11 at 4 a.m. PT / 7 a.m. ET / 13:00 CEST / 20:00 KST as they take on Invictus Gaming in Group D. Be sure to tune in live on the event hub to watch them in action!

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